Public Conversations: Uses of Poetry is the eighteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research and features poet, scholar, and divagator Maureen N. McLane, author of Mz N: the Serial, among other works of poetry and criticism, along with BISR faculty member Rebecca Ariel Porte. Maureen and Rebecca talk art in a time of crisis, what it means to be contemporary, how poems happen, hybrid forms, the genesis of Mz N, lyric theory, and what, in the first place, poetry is for. Recorded live at Berg’n, this episode was moderated by Christine Smallwood, a founding BISR faculty member, and marks the first event of BISR’s Public Conversations program, a series that puts members of the Institute faculty in dialogue with artists, writers, scientists, and other luminaries.
- New York/General
- New Jersey
Faculty Spotlight: Sophie Lewis on Second Wave Feminism, Incipient Queerness, Auto-Analysis, and the Life of the Critic (ft. Paige Sweet)
Faculty Spotlight: R.H. Lossin on Sabotage, Luddites, Violence, and the Digital Library Dystopia
M.H. Abrams: The Correspondent Breeze.
Hannah Arendt on thought and action.
Brecht to Benjamin, “Depth doesn’t get you anywhere at all.”
Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, “Detail of Los Angeles in which the bandleader does not appear.”
Horace, Ars Poetica.
Wayne Koestenbaum, My 1980s & Other Essays.
Ellen Kuzwayo, Call Me Woman.
Ben Lerner, The Hatred of Poetry.
Maureen N McLane, Mz N: the serial.
—.at Poetry Foundation.
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts.
Yvonne Ranier, Feelings Are Facts.
Claudia Rankine, Citizen.
Rebecca’s current and forthcoming BISR courses: Roland Barthes: Beyond Interpretation, Wordsworth and Coleridge: Romanticism and the Radical Imagination, and Dante: The Divine Comedy.
P.B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry.
Christine Smallwood at Harper’s Magazine.
Juliana Spahr, That Winter the Wolf Came.
Galen Strawson, “Against Narrativity.”
Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel.